When behaviors become challenging
One of the biggest challenges parents face is managing difficult or defiant behavior. Whether your child is refusing to put on their shoes or throwing full-blown tantrums, you can find yourself at a loss for an effective way to respond. Behavioral therapy techniques can provide a roadmap to calmer, more consistent ways to manage problem behaviors. Use these strategies to help your child build the developmental skills needed to regulate their own behaviors.
The Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence (ABC) Model
Understanding the ABCs will help you know how to best support your child’s emotional development. Children move through behaviors in three stages: Antecedent (before), Behavior (during), and Consequences (afterward). Children can change their behaviors during any of these stages but the approach is the same.